Detached/Recharged

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


I tend to be easily overwhelmed and flustered, more often in my outside-of-work life than my at-work life, ironically enough. When I'm at work, I'm in that work mindset; I'm ready for a long to-do list, and I'm prepared for various tasks to be thrown at me. Outside of work, though, I have a different mindset. After working for 8+ hours, I don't want to feel like I have to do anything else. If there's too much on my plate, I feel stressed, even if it's simple mundane things – laundry, cooking, etc. If something interferes with the plan I had mentally laid out for the day, I can get agitated.

I need time to myself. I need it. I need to work it into my schedule naturally – having an hour or two at the end of the day to be by myself, watch YouTube videos or read a book, relax, unwind, do something that I want... it's essential for me.

If I don't have that, I tend to lean toward the extreme and I go into "me time" overdrive. I text my friends less, I avoid talking on the phone, I actually kind of dread being around people. It feels more like a chore. It's draining. Instead of dedicating time to self-care, the situation turns into more of an isolation thing. And that's not good – for me or for my friends and family. I'm sure it doesn't always translate well and I come off flaky.

It's important for all of us to take care of ourselves, however that may be.

For me, it's keeping a balance between being around people and being around myself. Sometimes I crave spontaneity, other times I'd rather stick to my weekly routine. If I've had a busy week, I prefer a more relaxing weekend, and vice versa.

We all need different things and gain our energy in different ways. Whatever it is that you need, give that to yourself.


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  1. Totally relate to this.

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  2. Amen to this! I need me-time hours to recharge my soul that dread at the thought of going out when exhausted. I am an extrovert, but it doesn't help when there are many things on my plate and all I want to do is hide under my blanket & listen to Enya for like 82423 years.

    Noor | Noor's Place

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  3. I find it so exhausting going out, the overstimulation of lights and noises, the cars going past and the sun in my eyes makes me feel unwell, so I love to hibernate at home. My favourite environment is a peaceful forest, where everything is quiet and still: here I can fully recharge :D loving your blog! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. That sounds like a great place to be! Thank you so much!

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  4. I can absolutely relate to this. It's a necessity for me to have "me" time otherwise my brain goes into overdrive. My anxiety has caused me to feel exhausted after even spending one day with friends, I need the next day to recover haha!
    It's always important to take time for yourself. x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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